List of people from Brighton and Hove
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Note that in the case of persons still living, they may not currently live within the area of the city, but have done so at some time.
Brighton and Hove
|Abbott, Saunders AlexiusSaunders Alexius Abbott||Military||Army officer in the East India Company||Died at Grand Avenue Mansions, Hove in 1894|||
|Ades, StevenSteven Ades||Sport||Cricketer for Sussex||Born in Brighton in 1982|||
|Addinsell, RichardRichard Addinsell||Entertainment||Composer of the Warsaw Concerto and many film soundtracks||Lived at Chichester Terrace, Kemp Town between 1960 and 1977||Commemorated by a blue plaque on his house|
|Addison, WilliamWilliam Addison||Science||Physician and Fellow of the Royal Society||Died in Brighton in 1881|
|Ainsworth, William HarrisonWilliam Harrison Ainsworth||Humanities||Historical novelist.; his locally themed novels include Ovingdean Grange and Old Court, which mentions the Old Ship Hotel||Lived at 5 Arundel Terrace, Kemp Town between 1853 and 1867||Commemorated by a blue plaque on his house and by Brighton & Hove Bus Company bus number 423||
|Alborough, PaulPaul Alborough||Entertainment||Hiphop and Grime musician||Lived in Brighton; now lives in Hove|||
|Alcott, ChemmyChemmy Alcott||Sport||Formerly Britain's top alpine skier||Born in Hove in 1982|||
|Alexander, HenryHenry Alexander||Sport||Cricketer for Harrow School and Cambridge University||Born in Brighton in 1841|||
|Allan, ElizabethElizabeth Allan||Entertainment||Film actress||Lived at 3 Courtenay Terrace, Hove from 1977 until her death in 1990||Commemorated by a blue plaque on the block of flats and by Brighton & Hove Bus Company bus number 655|||
|Allen, LeightonLeighton Allen||Sport||Footballer for Colchester United||Born in Brighton in 1973|||
|Allen, PeterPeter Allen||Sport||Footballer for Leyton Orient||Born in Brighton in 1946||Now a partner in Portslade solicitors firm Deibel & Allen|||
|Allingham, HenryHenry Allingham||Other||Supercentenarian and formerly the world's oldest man||Moved to St Dunstan's care home at Ovingdean in 2006 aged 109; died there in 2009 aged 113||Commemorated by Brighton & Hove Bus Company bus number 808|||
|Anscombe, FrankFrank Anscombe||Education||Statistician and founder of Yale University's statistics department||Born in Hove in 1918|||
|Appleton, Honor C.Honor C. Appleton||Arts||Children's book illustrator||Born in Brighton in 1879. Long-term resident of Hove.|
|Arkell-Smith, ValerieValerie Arkell-Smith||Other||Crossdressing woman who impersonated an RAF officer and was known as Colonel Sir Victor Barker||Moved into the Grand Hotel in 1923||Married another woman at St Peter's Church, Brighton, in 1932|||
|Armour, NormanNorman Armour||Politics||American diplomat||Born in Brighton in 1887 while his parents were on holiday|||
|Ashbury, James LloydJames Lloyd Ashbury||Politics||Yachtsman and Member of Parliament||Lived in Brighton|
|Astor, 1st Viscount Astor, William WaldorfWilliam Waldorf Astor, 1st Viscount Astor||Politics||American attorney, politician, hotel founder and member of the Astor family||Lived in Brighton until his death in 1919|
|Austin, WilliamWilliam Austin||Arts||Artist, engraver and caricaturist||Died in Brighton in 1820|
|Baboulene, DavidDavid Baboulene||Humanities||Humorous travel writer, scriptwriter and story theory expert||Lives in Brighton and is based at the University of Brighton School of Education|||
|Baddeley, WalterWalter Baddeley||Religion||Bishop of Melanesia 1932–1947||Born in Portslade and attended Varndean School||In 1962 the north aisle of St Andrew's Church, Portslade was redesigned to form a memorial to him|||
|Bader, AlfredAlfred Bader||Science||Research chemist and art collector||Evacuated to Hove in 1938 as part of the Kindertransport scheme; lived at 85 Holland Road and attended East Hove Senior School for Boys||Bader was a regular attendee at the Middle Street Synagogue, Brighton|||
|Bailey, EwanEwan Bailey||Entertainment||Actor, writer and voice artist||Born in Brighton in 1966; educated at Brighton College|||
|Baillie-Hamilton, William A.William A. Baillie-Hamilton||Politics||Scottish civil servant, barrister, military captain and footballer||Born in Brighton in 1844||Played for Scotland in its first ever football match against England|||
|Baker, John RomanJohn Roman Baker||Arts||Playwright and novelist (mostly with gay themes)||Born in Brighton and has lived there for much of his life|
|Ball, ZoëZoë Ball||Entertainment||Broadcaster||Lives at Western Esplanade on Hove seafront||Daughter of Johnny Ball|||
|Barker, HowardHoward Barker||Arts||Playwright||Has lived in Brighton since the 1980s|||
|Barnes, CarolCarol Barnes||Entertainment||ITV newsreader||Lived at Brighton Marina until her death in 2008||Commemorated by Brighton & Hove Bus Company bus number 701 and by The Argus newspaper's Carol Barnes Courageous Child of the Year Award|||
|Barnett, Charles JamesCharles James Barnett||Sport||Cricketer for the M.C.C. and politician||Died in Brighton in 1882|||
|Bastedo, AlexandraAlexandra Bastedo||Entertainment||Actress||Born in Hove in 1946 and attended Brighton and Hove School for Girls|||
|Baynes, PaulinePauline Baynes||Arts||Illustrator, notably of books by C.S. Lewis and Tolkien||Born in Brighton in 1922|||
|Beal, Ernest FrederickErnest Frederick Beal||Military||Recipient of Victoria Cross in World War I||Born in Brighton in 1883, lived at East Street and Lewes Road, and attended Brighton Grammar School||Brighton's only Victoria Cross recipient in World War I.; commemorated on Brighton War Memorial and by Brighton & Hove Bus Company bus number 626|||
|Beardsley, AubreyAubrey Beardsley||Arts||Fin de siècle artist||Born at 31 Buckingham Road, West Hill in 1872; also lived at Lower Rock Gardens, Kemptown||Commemorated by a blue plaque at his birthplace and by Brighton & Hove Bus Company bus number 603|||
|Beardsley, MabelMabel Beardsley||Entertainment||Actress||Born in Brighton in 1871||Sister of Aubrey Beardsley|||
|Beardyman||Entertainment||Beatbox musician||Moved to Brighton in 2001 to study at the University of Sussex|
|Beck, IanIan Beck||Arts||Illustrator and author||Born in Brighton in 1947 and attended Brighton College of Art|
|Behan, BrianBrian Behan||Humanities||Writer, playwright and political activist||Lived in Brighton from 1990|||
|Bemister, WilliamWilliam Bemister||Entertainment||Documentary filmmaker||Born in Brighton in 1948|||
|Best, EdnaEdna Best||Entertainment||Actress||Born in Hove in 1900|||
|Best, KeithKeith Best||Politics||Former Brighton Borough councillor and Member of Parliament for Anglesey||Born in Brighton in 1949 and attended Brighton College|||
|Bevan, RobertRobert Bevan||Arts||Artist||Born at 17 Brunswick Square, Hove in 1865|||
|Beves, GordonGordon Beves||Sport||South African cricket umpire||Born in Brighton in 1862|||
|Billinton, L. B.L. B. Billinton||Industry||London, Brighton and South Coast Railway locomotive engineer and designer||Born in Brighton in 1882|||
|Birdengine||Entertainment||Freak folk singer-songwriter||Lives in Brighton|||
|Birk, AlmaAlma Birk (Baroness Birk)||Politics||Labour politician and journalist||Born at 10 Belgrave Place, Brighton in 1917|||
|Bishop, RussellRussell Bishop||Other||Sex offender||Born in Brighton in 1966||Assaulted and tried to murder a 7-year-old girl; and accused but acquitted of notorious Babes in the Wood murders in Wild Park, Moulsecoomb|
|Black, ClementinaClementina Black||Politics||Trades unionist, feminist and writer||Born in Brighton in 1854 and died there in 1922|||
|Black, DeniseDenise Black||Entertainment||Actress who played Denise Osbourne in Coronation Street||Lives in Freshfield Road in Kemptown|||
|Black, WilliamWilliam Black||Humanities||Novelist||Lived at 1 Paston Place, Kemptown from 1879 until his death in 1898|
|Blackstone, William SeymourWilliam Seymour Blackstone||Politics||Member of Parliament for Wallingford, Oxfordshire||Died in Brighton in 1881|
|Blake, HowardHoward Blake||Entertainment||Composer, pianist, conductor and lyricist||Grew up in Brighton; attended Downs Junior School (1944–49) and Brighton Grammar School (1950–57)|
|Blanchett, CateCate Blanchett||Entertainment||Actress||Lived in Brighton for several years in the mid-2000s|||
|Bloom, TonyTony Bloom||Entertainment||Professional poker player and chairman of Brighton & Hove Albion F.C.||Born in Brighton in 1970|
|Blundell, TomTom Blundell||Science||Biochemist||Born in Brighton in 1942|||
|Bobby, MonsterMonster Bobby (Bobby Barry)||Entertainment||Musician; founded and played with The Pipettes||Born in Brighton in 1981|
|Bodenham, MartinMartin Bodenham||Sport||Football referee and cricket umpire||Born in Brighton in 1950|||
|Boko, BenjiBenji Boko||Entertainment||DJ and record producer||Born in Brighton|||
|Booth, EdwardEdward Booth||Science||Naturalist and taxidermist||Went to school in Brighton and lived there until his death in 1890||The building he constructed on Dyke Road in Prestonville to house his collection of specimens is now the Booth Museum of Natural History|||
|Booty, FrederickFrederick Booty||Arts||Artist, philatelist and author of world's first illustrated stamp catalogue||Lived in Brighton|
|Boswall, JefferyJeffery Boswall||Science||Ornithologist and natural history producer for the BBC||Born in Brighton in 1931|||
|Botting, JamesJames Botting||Other||Hangman at Newgate Prison||Lived in Brighton; died in Hove in 1837|
|Braban, HarveyHarvey Braban||Entertainment||Actor||Born in Brighton in 1883|||
|Bray, CharlieCharlie Bray||Sport||Cricketer for Essex||Born in Portslade in 1898||Bray later became a journalist|||
|Brewin, AndrewAndrew Brewin||Politics||Canadian politician||Born in Brighton in 1907|||
|Bridge, FrankFrank Bridge||Arts||Composer||Born at 7 North Road, Brighton in 1879||Commemorated by Brighton & Hove Bus Company bus number 662|||
- Raymond Briggs, artist, writer and illustrator of many children's books including The Snowman, taught at Brighton Art College
- The indie rock band British Sea Power (Yan, Noble, Hamilton and Woody)
- Ray Brooks, actor
- George Brown, cricketer, born in Brighton in 1821
- Janet Brown, actress and impersonator of Margaret Thatcher, lived in Hove
- Steve Brown, football player (Charlton, Reading) and manager (Ebbsfleet), born in Brighton in 1972
- Adrian Brunel, film director in the silent movie era
- Isambard Kingdom Brunel, engineer, attended Dr Morell's school on Hove seafront, close to Hove Street, for several years from 1820
- Dora Bryan, comic actress (whose Clarges hotel on Marine Parade was used in the Carry On films)
- Margot Bryant, actress who played Minnie Caldwell in Coronation Street, lived at Fourth Avenue in Hove for many years
- Janey Buchan, Scottish Labour MEP, died in Brighton in 2012
- Arabella Buckley, writer and populariser of science, was born in Brighton in 1840
- Nick Burbridge, author of poetry, plays, novel; songwriter-founder of folk rock McDermott's Two Hours
- Richard Burchett, artist
- Julie Burchill, journalist; founder of Modern Review
- Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Pre-Raphaelite artist; resident 1880–98
- Sir John Cordy Burrows, surgeon and local politician; mayor of Brighton in 1857
- Keith Burstein, composer, born (1957) and brought up in Hove
- Steve Burtenshaw, football player (played for Brighton & Hove Albion), football manager and scout, born in Portslade in 1935
- Sean Bury, actor, was born in Brighton in 1954
- Charles Busby, Regency architect, prolific in Brighton; lived in Lansdowne Place; house is adorned by a blue commemorative plaque
- Cecil Butcher, cricketer for Sussex, born in Brighton in 1872, died in Portslade in 1929
- William 'Bill' Butler, poet and publisher; owner of Unicorn Bookshop, an influential early independent bookshop and publishing imprint that specialised in anarchist and underground publications, 1965-1974; died in 1977
- Dame Clara Butt, recitalist and concert singer, lived in St Aubyns Mansions between 1903 and 1906
- Douglas Byng, comic singer and songwriter; lived in Arundel Terrace, Kemp Town; died in 1987
- Duncan Campbell, investigative journalist and computer forensics expert.
- Victor Campbell, Antarctic explorer, born in Brighton in 1875
- Marie-Antoine Carême, chef to the Prince Regent, inventor of chef's toque (hat)
- Charles Carpenter, cricketer for Sussex
- Edward Carpenter, poet and philosopher
- Denis Carter, Baron Carter, agriculturalist and Labour politician, spent some of his early life in Hove
- Sam Carter, singer in British metalcore band Architects
- Dirick Carver, Protestant martyr, 1554
- Juan Francisco Casas, Spanish artist, has lived in Brighton
- Michael Cashman, MEP and former EastEnders actor
- Gwen Catley, soprano, died in Hove in 1996
- Lennox Cato, expert on the Antiques Roadshow
- Nick Cave, Australian musician, writer, and film maker
- Gianni Celati, Italian writer, lives in Brighton
- Paul Cemmick, cartoonist, lives in Hove
- Douglas Chamberlain, cardiologist, lives in Hove and worked at the Royal Sussex County Hospital for more than 20 years
- Ian Chapman, footballer
- Peter Chrisp, children's writer
- Sir Winston Churchill, journalist and politician; attended a school run by the "Misses Thompson" in Hove
- Dave Clarke, techno DJ
- Somers Clarke, architect and Egyptologist, born in Brighton in 1841
- Jack Clayton, film director, was born in Brighton in 1921
- Brendan Cleary, poet, has lived in Brighton
- John Clements, actor
- Carol Cleveland, Monty Python actress
- Bryan Clough, author of State Secrets: The Kent-Wolkoff Affair
- Charles Clover-Brown, cricketer, died in Hove in 1982
- Brian Cobby, former voice of the British Telecom speaking clock
- C. B. Cochran, impresario, showman, born in Prestonville Road in the Prestonville area of Brighton in 1872
- Michael Cochrane, actor, born in Brighton in 1947
- Admiral Sir Edward Codrington, hero of the Battle of Navarino; lived in 140 Western Road (1828–52); a blue commemorative plaque adorns the house
- Robert Coffin, Catholic Bishop of Southwark, born in Brighton in 1819
- Ben Cohen, author, publisher and distributor of bridge books and stationery supplies
- Sophie Coleman, triathlete, born in Brighton in 1990
- Jean Colin, 1930s film actress, was born in Brighton in 1905
- David Collings, actor (Crime and Punishment, Doctor Who), born in Brighton in 1940
- Geoffrey Collins, cricketer for Sussex, born in Brighton in 1918
- Maria Colwell, born in Hove in 1965, killed in Brighton by her stepfather at age 7; a notorious case of child abuse resulting in a public enquiry
- John Comber, cricketer for Sussex, born in Brighton in 1861
- Ivy Compton-Burnett, novelist, grew up in Hove
- Dainton Connell, a leading Arsenal hooligan, was born in Brighton in 1961
- Clare Connor, played for Brighton College men's cricket team and England women's cricket team, was born in Brighton in 1976
- John Constable, Romantic painter, intermittently lived in Brighton, calling it "Piccadilly by the Seaside"; resided at 11 Sillwood Road
- Edward Tyas Cook, journalist, editor, man of letters, born in Brighton in 1857
- Norman Cook musician formerly of band The Housemartins, and subsequently known as DJ Fatboy Slim (Portslade)
- Gaz Coombes, lead singer of band Supergrass, once lived in Brighton
- George Coppard, corporal in the British Army, wrote With A Machine Gun to Cambrai (a popular memoir of World War I), born in Brighton in 1898
- Beth Cordingly, actress (played PC Kerry Young in The Bill), was born in Brighton in 1977
- David Cordingly, authority on pirates (of the pre-modern era), father of Beth Cordingly, lives in Brighton
- Tich Cornford, cricketer for Sussex, died in Brighton
- Tom Cotcher, Scottish actor, lives in Brighton
- George Cotterill, footballer, born in Brighton in 1868
- Joseph Cotterill, cricketer for Sussex (1870–1888), played once for England, born in Brighton in 1851
- David Courtney, born David Cohen in Whitehawk, composer and record producer; discovered and co-wrote with Leo Sayer; also nephew of Henry Cohen who conceived and built Brighton Marina
- Robin Cousins, figure skater, won gold at 1980 Olympics, lives in Brighton
- Graham Coutts, murderer of Jane Longhurst in 2003, lived in Brighton
- Sam Crane, actor, born in Brighton
- Addison Cresswell, comedy agent, went to St Luke's Primary School and Brighton Polytechnic
- Luke Cresswell (of musical performers Stomp)
- Henry Radcliffe Crocker, dermatologist, born in Hove in 1846
- James Crump, founder of St. Aubyn's School (named after the Hove street in which he lived)
- Thomas Cubitt, master builder, employed in the development of Kemp Town; lived in 13 Lewes Crescent
- Graham Cutts, a leading British film director in the 1920s, was born in Brighton in 1885
- Cyriak, animator, based in Brighton
- Tim Daniels, cricketer for Oxford UCCE, born in Brighton in 1980
- Alfred Darling, pioneer film equipment manufacturer
- Ralph Darling, Governor of New South Wales 1825–1831, who prevented theatre in Sydney, died in Brighton in 1858
- John Davey, cricketer for the MCC and Sussex, born in Brighton in 1847, died in Brighton in 1874
- Glen Davies, footballer, born in Brighton in 1976
- Nicholas Davies, journalist associated with Robert Maxwell, lived in Brighton in 1993
- Philip Davies, cricketer for Sussex, born in Brighton in 1893, attended Brighton College
- Jill Day, singer and actress in the 1950s to early 1960s, was born in Brighton in 1930
- Lewis Dayton, actor of the 1920s, was born in Brighton in 1889
- Alex 'Ali Dino' Dean, bassist in UK metalcore band Architects
- Roger Dean, artist, famous for prog-rock album covers
- John Leopold Denman, architect, designed many buildings in and around Brighton, was born in Brighton in 1882
- Alfie Deyes, YouTuber lives in Brighton
- Amita Dhiri, actress, born in Brighton
- Clarissa Dickson Wright, celebrity chef and television personality, attended Sacred Heart School (then in Hove)
- Coningsby Disraeli, Member of Parliament for Altrincham, nephew of Benjamin Disraeli, died in Hove in 1936
- John Charles Dollman, painter and illustrator, born in Hove in 1851
- Alan Donohoe, singer with the band The Rakes, lives in Brighton
- Lord Alfred Douglas, poet and writer; friend and lover of Oscar Wilde
- Angus Douglas-Hamilton, Victoria Cross recipient
- David Downton, fashion illustrator, has lived in Brighton
- Alfred Drayton, stage and film actor, born in Brighton
- Tim Dry, actor and artist, lived in Brighton in the 1970s
- Graham Duff television writer and actor famous for BBC Three TV series ideal
- Alice Dudeney, writer, born in Brighton in 1866
- Polly Dunbar, illustrator and writer, went to Brighton University, now lives in Brighton
- Lewis Dunk, footballer for Brighton & Hove Albion, born in Brighton in 1991
- Richard Durrant, guitarist, born in Hollingbury, Brighton in 1962
- Brian Eastman, film and television producer
- Frederick Charles Eden, church architect and designer, born in Brighton in 1864
- Connie Ediss, buxom comedian in Edwardian music hall, also acted in a few 1930s films, born and died in Brighton
- Christiana Edmunds, "The Chocolate Cream Poisoner", while living in Brighton, poisoned several people (killing a four-year-old boy) with adulterated chocolate creams in the 1870s
- Les Edwards, illustrator, lives in Brighton
- Nick Van Eede, lead singer, Cutting Crew
- Adam El-Abd, Egyptian-English footballer for Brighton & Hove Albion, was born in Brighton in 1984
- Joe El-Abd, rugby union player, born in Brighton in 1980
- Jago Eliot, Lord Eliot, involved in a variety of arts projects, briefly lived in Brighton
- Charlotte Elliott, poet and hymn writer, lived in Brighton in the latter part of her life
- G. H. Elliott, music hall singer and comedian, buried in Rottingdean church yard
- Henry Venn Elliott, English divine, minister of St Mary the Virgin, Brighton, died at Brunswick Square 1865
- Sean Ellis, film director, was born in Brighton c.1970
- Steve Ellis, singer with the band Love Affair, lives in Brighton
- Harriet Elphinstone-Dick, early swimming champion, originally from Brighton, taught swimming at Brill's Baths in Pool Valley
- Maurice Elvey, one of Britain's most prolific film directors of the silent era, died in a nursing home in Brighton in 1967
- Bella Emberg, actress; co-star of The Russ Abbot Show
- Revd. Richard Enraght, religious controversialist, curate of St. Paul's Church, Brighton 1867–71, and priest in Charge of St. Andrew's Church, Portslade 1871–74
- Chris Eubank, ex-boxer, holds the purchased title of "Lord of the Manor of Brighton"
- Chris Eubank, Jr., boxer, son of Chris Eubank, lives in Brighton
- Maurice Evans, leading Shakespearan actor in the United States, regularly in Bewitched and Batman, and Dr Zaius in Planet of the Apes
- Simon Evans, comedian, lives in Hove
- George Everest, surveyor after whom the mountain was named, buried in Hove
- Marjorie Eyre, D'Oyly Carte soprano, died in Brighton in 1987
- Michael Fabricant MP, born in Brighton in 1950; educated at the Brighton, Hove and Sussex Grammar School
- Rotimi Fani-Kayode, photographer who explored sexuality, race and culture, lived in Brighton in his youth
- Simon Fanshawe, broadcaster, writer, and comedian, lives in Kemptown
- Tommy Farr, boxer, "The Tonypandy Terror", ran a pub in Brighton after retirement
- Steve Ferrone, drummer with Average White Band, has also played for various high-profile performers, born in Brighton in 1950
- Frank Finlay, actor, owned a house in Wyndham Street for 30 years until 2009
- Fink (Fin Greenall) (born 1972), singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer, DJ, is based in Brighton
- Maria Fitzherbert, illegitimate wife of George IV (the marriage of a Catholic to a member of the British Royal Family was illegal)
- Robert Thomas Flower, 8th Viscount Ashbrook, Irish aristocrat, Lieutenant-Colonel in the British Army, and inventor; lived at 22 Adelaide Crescent, Hove, in the 1860s
- Russell Floyd, actor, lives in Brighton
- Wes Fogden, footballer for Brighton & Hove Albion and various other clubs in the south of England, born in Brighton in 1988
- Chris Foreman, nicknamed Chrissy Boy, guitarist, Madness
- Gustavus Fowke, cricketer for Leicestershire, born in Brighton in 1880
- Derek Francis, comedy and character actor, was born in Brighton in 1923
- William Friese-Greene, cinematographic pioneer, subject of the film The Magic Box
- Nick Gillard, stunt coordinator Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Alien, was born and still lives in Brighton's North Laine
- Leon Garfield, novelist, born in Brighton in 1921
- Constance Garnett, early translator of Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and Chekhov, was born in Brighton and attended Brighton and Hove High School
- David Garnett, novelist, Bloomsbury Group member, lover of Duncan Grant, was born in Brighton
- John Garrick, film actor, was born in Brighton in 1902
- George, Prince of Wales, Prince Regent, and later King George IV of the United Kingdom
- Grant Gee, filmmaker and music video director
- Mikey Georgeson, artist, moved to Brighton in 1989
- Dave Gibbons, comic book illustrator, famed for co-creating Watchmen
- Annabel Giles, TV presenter, lives in Brighton
- Eric Gill, typographer, engraver, sculptor, born in Brighton in 1882
- Alexander Graeme Gilmour, Scottish sculptor and theatre designer lived in Brighton
- David Gilmour, guitarist and vocalist of Pink Floyd, owns house on Kings Esplanade, Hove
- Harvey Goldsmith, rock promoter
- Nat Gonella, singer and trumpeter, lived in Saltdean
- JoAnne Good, radio presenter and actress, lives in Brighton
- Arthur Murray Goodhart, composer and organist, lived in Brighton
- Leon Gordon, Hollywood screenwriter, born in Brighton in 1894
- Theodore Gordon, Scottish inspector of army hospitals, died in Brighton in 1845
- Colin Grant, author, lives in Brighton
- Stephen Grant, comedian and writer, lives in Brighton and frequently performs in the town's Komedia venue
- Emily Gravett, children's author and illustrator, lives in Brighton
- Graham Greene, writer (worked in but did not live in Brighton)
- Dave Greenfield, keyboard player with The Stranglers, born in Brighton in 1949
- Roy Greenslade, professor of journalism at City University London, media commentator and journalist for The Guardian and the London Evening Standard, has lived in Brighton since the 1970s
- Lucy Griffiths, actress (attended Varndean College)
- Ioan Grillo, journalist and author of the book El Narco: Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency
- Nicholas Grimshaw, architect, designed Waterloo International railway station and the Eden Project, was born in Hove
- Martha Gunn, famous dipper and friend of the Prince Regent
- Sally Gunnell, athlete, Olympic 400m hurdles champion in 1992
- Almer Hall, football player and manager, was born in Hove
- Brian Hall, actor (played Terry the chef in Fawlty Towers), born in Brighton in 1937
- Eamon Hamilton, of the band Brakes and formerly of British Sea Power
- Kay Hammond, stage and film actress, wife of John Clements, died in Brighton in 1980
- Gilbert Harding TV personality in the 1950s; lived in Clifton Terrace, Brighton
- Cyriak Harris, British freelance animator, E4 winner, B3TA member
- Harry Harrison, science fiction writer, had a flat in Brighton for his visits to England
- Phil Hartnoll, of band Orbital
- Lee Harwood, poet, moved to Brighton in 1967
- Tony Hawks, comedian, author and philanthropist
- John Albert Hay, former British Politician
- Peter Thomas Hay, author
- Michael Heath, cartoonist
- Den Hegarty, of bands Darts and Rocky Sharpe and the Razors/Replays
- Toby Hemingway, actor best known for playing Reid Garwin in The Covenant
- Sue Hendra, author and illustrator
- James Herbert, horror author of The Rats and The Fog
- Phoebe Hessel, disguised herself as a man to join the British Army, moved to Brighton; died in 1821 aged 108; buried in the graveyard of St Nicholas' Church, Brighton
- Dave Hill, Marxist educator, grew up in Brighton and was a local Labour councillor
- Rowland Hill, postal reformer
- Steve Hillier of band Dubstar (Hove)
- Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins born in Brighton in 1908; toured the US sideshow and Vaudeville circuit
- Annie Holland, guitarist with Britpop band Elastica, lives in Brighton
- Georg Hólm, bassist of Sigur Rós
- Nicholas van Hoogstraten, multimillionaire and property tycoon
- Rufus Hound, comedian and presenter
- Richard Hough, writer on maritime history, was born in Brighton 
- Martin How, composer and organist with the Royal School of Church Music, briefly lived in Brighton as a child
- Dionne Hughes, comedian and television presenter, briefly lived in Brighton
- Herbert Hughes, Irish composer, collector of folk songs, died in Brighton in 1937
- Jason Hughes, Welsh actor, lives in Brighton
- Barbara Hulanicki, fashion designer and founder of Biba, moved to Brighton aged 12, studied at Brighton Art College
- Jessica Hynes (née Stephenson), actress and writer, grew up in Brighton
- Boyd Irwin, actor, appeared in 135 films between 1915 and 1948, was born in Brighton in 1880
- Mick Jackson, writer, best known for novel The Underground Man, lives in Brighton
- Edward James, poet and art collector, who lent many famous Surrealist works to Brighton Museum in the 1950s and 1960s
- Peter James, writer of detective stories featuring Roy Grace, was born in Brighton
- Samantha Janus, actress in EastEnders
- Konrad Jarnot, opera singer
- Michael Jayston, actor, lives in Hove
- Gwyneth Jones, novelist
- Jenny Jones, prominent member of the Green Party, grew up in Brighton
- Maggie Jones, Baroness Jones of Whitchurch, Labour politician, lives in Brighton
- Peter Jones, actor and Just A Minute panellist; had a house in Hove in the 1970s
- Bernard Jordan, World War II veteran, participant in Operation Overlord (Battle of Normandy); later the Conservative councillor for the former Borough of Hove, then mayor of Hove 1995-1996; later a member of the Labour party; in June 2014 he unexpectedly left his care home to attend a D-Day memorial in Normandy on 6 June, after he could not be registered on time to an official veteran's coach for the trip
- Petra Joy, German feminist and advocate/producer of erotic films for women, lives in Brighton
- Charles Albert Keeley, pioneering colour theorist and entertainer
- Natasha Kaplinsky, journalist and newsreader
- Tim Keegan, English musician, lives in Brighton
- Nigel Kennedy, violinist, born at the Royal Sussex County Hospital and lived at Regency Square, Brighton and Lyndhurst Road, Hove during his childhood
- Natasha Khan (also known as Bat for Lashes), musician
- Bobak Kianoush, member of boy band Another Level, born in Hove and attended Blatchington Mill School
- Michael Kilgarriff, tall actor, born in Brighton in 1937
- Alex King, rugby player
- Matt King, actor and comedian; Super Hans in Peep Show
- Philip King, playwright; wrote the farce See How They Run
- William King, philanthropist; supporter of Cooperative Movement
- Rudyard Kipling, author; lived in Rottingdean between 1897 and 1903
- William Forsell Kirby, entomologist and folklorist, lived in Brighton
- Prince Peter Alexeevich Kropotkin, Russian anarchist; resident 1912–17
- Thomas Lainson, architect
- David Land, theatre producer
- Michael Langdon, opera singer, died in Hove in 1997
- George Larner, race-walker; double gold medallist at 1908 Olympics
- Walter Ledermann, mathematician, lived in Rottingdean and Hove
- Vivien Leigh, actress, Scarlet O'Hara in Gone with the Wind
- Alfred Lennon, father of John Lennon, was living in Brighton at the time of his death in 1976
- Reginald Leopold, BBC violinist, lived in Saltdean at the time of his death
- Fred Lillywhite, cricketer; organised first England overseas tour
- David Lindsay, Scottish novelist (wrote A Voyage to Arcturus), ran a boarding house in Brighton, died in Hove in 1945
- Ken Livingstone, politician; formerly Mayor of London; had a house in the Seven Dials area
- Hugh Lloyd, actor and comedian, lived in Rottingdean
- Jane Longhurst, killed by Graham Coutts; the Jane Longhurst Trust was set up to campaign for the criminalisation of what the Government labelled "extreme pornography", a move opposed by Backlash and the Consenting Adult Action Network
- E G Handel Lucas (1861–1936), artist, lived in Brighton from 1909 to 1914
- Ida Lupino, actress and film-maker, daughter of Stanley Lupino, attended schools at Norman Road, Aldrington and Ventnor Villas, Hove and the Sunday school of All Saints Church, Hove
- Desmond Lynam, broadcaster
- Zoe Lyons, comedian, lives in Brighton
- Matt Machan, Sussex cricketer
- Percival Mackey, pianist, composer and music director in the early 20th century, lived in Brighton
- Mathilde Madden, erotica author, lives in Brighton
- Sake Dean Mahomet, introduced the Turkish bath to Britain
- Stephen Mallinder, musician, lives in Brighton
- Gideon Mantell, doctor, palaeontologist, discoverer of dinosaurs (Iguanodon), lived and worked in Brighton in the 1830s
- Lesley Manville (born 1956), English actress
- Edward Marshall-Hall, criminal barrister famous for Edwardian theatrics in court
- Ivan Massow, entrepreneur
- Susan Maughan, singer of hit record Bobbys Girl, lived in Rottingdean
- Peter Mayle, author of A Year in Provence
- Conor Maynard, singer, was born in Brighton
- Margaret Mayo, children's author, lives in Brighton
- Pete McCarthy, actor and writer, lived in Brighton for a while, and List of Brighton & Hove bus names a local bus was named after him
- Natascha McElhone, actress in Surviving Picasso, The Truman Show, Solaris, Californication; spent childhood in Brighton (attended St Mary's Hall)
- Joe McGann, actor; star of The Upper Hand
- Kevin McNally, actor, lives in Brighton
- Neil Megson, performance artist, also known as Genesis P-Orridge
- Harriet Mellon (1777–1837), actress, wife of banker Thomas Coutts, had a house by Regency Square, Brighton
- Alan Melville, (1910–1983) revue author, playwright, lyricist, radio and TV personality; moved to Brighton in 1951 and lived in Clifton Terrace and Victoria Street
- Sara Mendes da Costa, the British Telecom speaking clock
- Kevin Meredith, a.k.a. Lomokev, photographer, lives and works in Brighton
- Prince Klemens von Metternich (15 May 1773–11 June 1859), Austrian Foreign Minister, Diplomat and creator of the Congress of Vienna
- Max Miller, comedian, the "Cheeky Chappie", born in Brighton in 1894, lived there most of his life; blue plaque at 160 Marine Parade and statue in New Road
- Heather Mills, ex-wife of ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, owns the vegan restaurant VBites in Hove
- Bruce Montague, actor (played Leonard in Butterflies), lives in Brighton
- Juan, Count of Montizón, the Carlist claimant to the throne of Spain and Legitimist claimant to the throne of France — lived in Hove c.1870s – 1887, where he died; funeral mass held in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Hove
- William Moon, teacher and inventor of an alphabet for the blind
- Gary Moore, musician, guitarist with Thin Lizzy amongst others as well as solo, lived in Hove
- Ryan Moore, three time champion jockey
- Caitlin Moran, journalist, was born in Brighton
- James Morrison, recording artist, lives in Hove
- Napoleon III, Emperor of the French; deposed by the Third Republic in 1870, lived in Brighton in 1872
- Dame Anna Neagle, actress; lived at Lewes Crescent, Kemp Town
- Jo Neary, comedian, based in Brighton
- Vivien Neves, British model
- John Henry Newman, priest, writer, Catholic convert, Cardinal, now beatified, had a family home in Marine Square, Kemp Town, when he was a young man
- Annie Nightingale, BBC TV and Radio presenter and sometime Brighton night-club owner
- Michael Nightingale, film and television actor, born in Brighton in 1922
- Ray Noble, band leader, composer, born 17 December 1903 in 1 Montpelier Terrace
- Jeff Noon, speculative fiction writer
- Henry Normal, comedian, writer and TV producer, lives in Brighton
- Bridget O'Connor, author and playwright, lived in Hove
- Peter O'Donnell, creator of Modesty Blaise
- Laurence Olivier (Lord Olivier) and Joan Plowright, lived at Royal Crescent 1960–78
- John Osborne, playwright, lived in 7a Arundel Terrace, Kemp Town in the 1950s
- Kitty O'Shea, wife of Charles Stewart Parnell
- Denise Van Outen, television presenter, currently renovating a house
- Steve Ovett, Olympic runner, 800 metres gold medalist in 1980, born and brought up in Brighton; there was a statue of him in Preston Park, Brighton, which was stolen, and a replacement statue is in Madeira Drive; was made Freeman of the city in July 2012
- Bill Owen, actor, lived in Sussex Square in the 1950s
- Tom Owen (born 1949), actor, son of Bill Owen, was born in Brighton
- Adrian Oxaal, guitarist, formerly with James
- George Painter, biographer, died at Hove on 8 Dec 2005
- Chris Paling, novelist
- Patsy Palmer, current EastEnders actress
- Juliet Pannett, (1911–2005), born in Hove, portrait artist
- Charles Stewart Parnell, Irish politician, died in Brighton
- Passenger, a singer (real name Mike Rosenberg), is originally from Brighton
- Heather Peace, actress and musician, lives in Brighton
- David Pearce, philosopher
- John Pedder (1784–1859), first Chief Justice of Van Diemen's Land, died in Brighton
- Donald Peers, Welsh crooner, lived in St. John's Road, Hove; memorial tablet at Downs Crematorium
- John Pelling, artist, born (1930) and raised in Hove
- Laurie Penny, columnist and blogger, grew up in Brighton, attended Brighton College
- Fred Perry, tennis player, lived in Rottingdean
- PewDiePie, real name Felix Kjellberg, most subscribed user on YouTube, video game commentator, lives in Brighton
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- Otto Pfenninger (1855–1929), moved to Brighton where he pioneered colour photography
- Sir Richard Phillips (1767–1840), author, died in Brighton
- Samuel Phillips (1814–1854), journalist, died in Brighton
- Karen Pickering, swimmer, former 200 metres freestyle champion
- David Pilbeam, anthropologist
- Alan Pipes, author and illustrator
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- Tim Pope, film director and video maker
- Samuel Preston, lead singer of the band The Ordinary Boys, formally married to Celebrity Big Brother winner, Chantelle Houghton
- Katie Price, model (also known as Jordan)
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- Rizzle Kicks, hip-hop duo
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- Simon Roberts, photographer, lives in Brighton
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- Martin Ryle, winner of 1974 Nobel Prize in Physics
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- Victoria Sackville-West, had two houses in Sussex Square, Kemp Town conjoined by Sir Edwin Lutyens, who also built her another at nearby Roedean
- Sir Albert Abdullah David Sassoon, British Indian philanthropist and merchant, 1st Baronet Sassoon
- Sir Edward Albert Sassoon, businessman and politician, MP for Hythe, whose mausoleum became the Hanbury Arms; 2nd Baronet Sassoon, of Kensington Gore
- Tom Sayers, boxer
- Leo Sayer, singer born in Shoreham-by-Sea lived in Brighton, discovered in Brighton by David Courtney
- Paul Scofield, actor, lived in Brighton as a child and went to school there
- Tom Searle, Guitarist of UK Metalcore band Architects
- Dan Searle, Drummer of UK Metalcore band Architects
- Captain Sensible, punk musician with The Damned
- Robert Shelton, American music and film critic (helped launch Bob Dylan's career), moved to Brighton in 1982
- Jake Shillingford, musician and front-man of My Life Story
- Roy Skelton, actor and voice of the Daleks
- Sylvia Sleigh, artist
- George Albert Smith, pioneering early cinematographer lived and built a studio in Hove
- John Smith, Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Guelphic Order
- Kevin Smith, cricketer
- Jimmy Somerville, musician formerly of band The Communards
- Ewen Spencer, photographer
- Herbert Spencer, philosopher and political theorist
- Mimi Spencer, journalist, lives in Brighton
- Andi Spicer, composer, lives in Brighton
- Victor Spinetti, actor, film, stage TV, lived in Kemp Town
- Dusty Springfield, singer, had home in Wilbury Road, Hove
- Jordan Stephens, singer in the duo Rizzle Kicks
- Victor Stiebel, fashion designer, lived in Chichester Terrace
- Jack Strachey, composer and songwriter, lived in Brighton towards the end of his life
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- Joakim Sundström, Swedish sound editor, sound designer and musician
- Keston Sutherland, poet, lives in Brighton
- Suvadhana, Thai princess, lived in Brighton in the middle of the 20th century
- Chris T-T, singer-songwriter, lives in Brighton
- Sir Peter Tapsell, Conservative Party politician, was born in Brighton
- Keith Taylor, Member of the European Parliament for the Green Party, lives or lived in Brighton
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- Noah Taylor, Australian actor and musician, lives in Brighton
- Rosie Taylor-Ritson, actress in Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, lives in Brighton
- Chris Terrill, Adventurer, anthropologist and filmmaker
- Angela Thirkell, buried in St Margaret's Church, Rottingdean
- David Thomas, lead singer of Pere Ubu, Rocket from the Tombs, and David Thomas & Two Pale Boys
- Francis Tillstone, Brighton's Town Clerk from 1881 to 1904
- Peter Tobin (born 1946), serial killer, lived in Brighton in the 1970s and 1980s
- Richard Tolcher (born 1969), Entrepreneur, BBCC founding member, Film Star, Newport and Portsmouth supporter, Green Party Saboteur, lived in Brighton from 2009 to present
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- Arthur Treacher, actor
- Tommy Trinder comedian, owned and lived in 71 Marine Parade
- Jack Tripp, English pantomime dame, died 2005
- Lynne Truss, writer; author of Eats, Shoots & Leaves
- Roger Tucker (born 1945), television and film director
- Keith Tyson, artist and Turner Prize winner in 2002, studied Critical Fine Art Practice at Brighton University's Grand Parade campus
- Tagore family, of Kolkata owned a house here in the 19th century
- David Van Day, singer
- Ralph Vaughan Williams, composer, went to school in Rottingdean
- Wanda Ventham, actress, was born in Brighton
- Magnus Volk, electrical engineer and inventor
- Johnny Wakelin, musician, born in Brighton in 1939
- Peter Wales, Sussex cricketer, born in Hove in 1928
- Seann Walsh, comedian, brought up in Brighton
- Keith Waterhouse CBE, journalist, novelist and playwright, lived in Embassy Court, Brighton
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- Scott Welch, boxer, moved to Brighton at age 16
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- John Wisden, cricketer, founded Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
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- Eliza Wyatt, American playwright and author
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